Try adapt a new habit of greener shopping – don’t drive to the supermarket, rather buy online. Many of us are aware of the carbon emissions our cars produce, where even a short drive to the shops down the road can still impact on your environment. Greener shopping shopping takes only a few clicks, and it is a great option at the end of the day when you don’t feel like going out to do shopping.
Supermarkets that offer online shopping make their delivery routes as fast, efficient and eco-friendly as possible. Normally, the roads are filled with many cars driving to and from the shops. However, delivery vehicles choose an efficient route that only goes to areas where deliveries need to be made, without making trips to and from other unnecessary areas.
A study conducted by the Transport Research Forum in the USA noticed a steady decrease in carbon emissions, a reduction in fuel costs and a smaller distance travelled when efficient routes were planned. This is great for the environment and for consumers. Online shopping means there’s no need to leave the house, you save on fuel costs and vehicle wear and tear, and the grocery shopping still gets done.
Next time you have a long list of grocery shopping to do, find out if your local supermarket does online shopping, and try the greener shopping route. If it turns into a good experience, you now have a new way to do your shopping, and you’ll be kinder to your environment.